Australian academics campaign against Chinese transplant chief
Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 |
A fierce campaign is being carried out in Australia to strip Chinese doctor Huang Jiefu of his honorary professorship at Sydney University. Dr. Jiefu, who was Vice-minister for Health in China for 12 years, authorized the forced removal of organs from thousands of executed Chinese prisoners.
Australian Senate condemns organ trafficking in China
Xavier Symons | 30 March 2013 |
Lobbying by Falun Gong, a quasi-religious movement banned in China, has scored a public relations coup in Australia.
336 million abortions in China since 1971, says Chinese govt
Xavier Symons | 21 March 2013 |
There have been over 336 million abortions in China since the since 1971, according to data released by the Chinese Health Department.
China to phase out organ donation from executed criminals
Michael Cook | 05 November 2012 |
China will begin phase out organ donation from executed criminals next years, as it moves towards a voluntary system, says a government expert.
More Nobel links to bioethics
Michael Cook | 13 October 2012 |
Yes, there is a bioethical angle to another of this week’s Nobel Prize announcements. The latest novel by Mo Yan, the 2012 laureate for literature, is a searing critique of China's one-child policy.
China appeals for sperm donors to counter infertility epidemic
Michael Cook | 14 September 2012 |
China, a nation notorious for stifling fertility with its draconian one-child policy, is now worried about an epidemic of infertility. The head of Guangdong’s family planning commission, Luo Wenzhi, is appealing for sperm donors. “Donating your sperm is healthy,” he told a Chinese newspaper. “It won’t hurt you nor kill you.”
Chinese police arrest 127 in organ trafficking bust
Michael Cook | 11 August 2012 |
Chinese police have arrested 137 people, including 18 doctors, in the latest crackdown on human organ trafficking.
Being a doctor in China is a dangerous profession
Michael Cook | 28 April 2012 |
Violence against doctors is increasing in China. China Daily has reported that in 2010, 17,000 violent incidents in about 70% of the country’s hospitals. This includes murder.
China to stop harvesting convict organs
Jared Yee | 31 March 2012 |
China officials plan to end organ harvesting from death-row inmates, in a move to reform an organ donation system which has for many years relied heavily on prisoners.
Chinese couples seek surrogacy in US
Jared Yee | 25 February 2012 |
While Americans have long gone to China to adopt children, Chinese couples are now travelling to US surrogacy clinics because it is illegal in their home country.
Research misconduct “widespread” in Chinese science: comment
Jared Yee | 25 February 2012 |
Research misconduct is “serious and widespread” among Chinese scientists, according to an editorial published in the China Daily.
China’s Octomom highlights a booming surrogacy business
Michael Cook | 11 February 2012 |
There is an extraordinary story behind the photo above. These babies are allegedly the children of one wealthy couple in Guangzhou. The wife had twins and two surrogate mothers each had triplets. Although the story made national headlines in China late last year, the couple has not been identified – with good reason, for gestational surrogacy is illegal there.
Is China harvesting organs from ethnic minorities?
Michael Cook | 10 December 2011 |
A frightening article in the Weekly Standard sheds some light on the situation. Investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann interviewed several Uighur refugees now living in the West who had witnessed the process of organ transplantation. They tell stories of ghastly abuses of political prisoners.
Surrogacy thrives in China, despite illegality
Jared Yee | 27 October 2011 |
While surrogacy is illegal in China, it is booming under lax oversight.
Pop culture, wealthy Chinese drive booming medical tourism in Asia
Jared Yee | 15 October 2011 |
It’s one of the fastest-growing industries in Asia.
Interview: Art Caplan on boycotting Chinese organ transplants
Michael Cook | 11 October 2011 |
In response to the “barbarous practice of obtaining organs from executed prisoners” in China, the prominent US bioethicist Arthur Caplan, together with other experts, proposed an international boycott of organ transplants in China in a recent issue of The Lancet. Chinese doctors and scientists would be excluded from conferences, journals, and collaborative research. BioEdge asked Professor Caplan to elaborate on the situation in China.
Boycott China, say bioethicists
Michael Cook | 01 October 2011 |
Despite assurances that the practice is winding down, China persists in using organs from executed prisoners. In an editorial in The Lancet, several prominent bioethicists have called upon doctors and scientists to boycott everything related to organ transplants.
Chinese surrogates relocate to US
Jared Yee | 24 August 2011 |
A Californian lawyer is facing jail for brokering 12 illegal surrogacies. But this is small change for Lu Jinfeng, a Chinese man who claims that he has brokered about 3,000 surrogate babies since 2004 -- even though the practice is illegal in China.
Chinese abortion story: urban myth or gruesome scandal?
Michael Cook | 20 August 2011 |
China’s Health Ministry is taking the gruesome story of aborted babies ground into powder and used as aphrodisiacs seriously enough to launch an official investigation. SBS, one of the three major national television networks in South Korea, broadcast a documentary earlier this month about capsules from China containing dead baby flesh.
China to crack down on illegal transplants
Jared Yee | 13 August 2011 |
China’s Ministry of Health will crack down on illegal human organ harvesting and transplants, a statement on the ministry’s website said last week.